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Rewrite this well-known Scripture passage from John’s Gospel
by using the suggested words, or words of your own.
God so ________________ the world that he gave his only Son, so everyone who ________________ him might have eternal life. For God did not sent his Son into the the world to _____________ the world, but that the world might be _____________ through him.
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PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program
God so loved the
that he gave his only Son, so everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world
to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved
through him.
John 3:16–17
March 11, 2018
4th Sunday of Lent
Share Experiences
Objectives l The children will:
l Write their own versions of a well-known Gospel passage. l Explore the many ways they can be deceitful.
Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “The Great Commandment” (CD-2, #13). Lyrics are available to download and print at
Gathering Prayer Tell the children you are going to start a prayer and see if they recognize it. Say, “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” Ask what prayer this is. The Nicene Creed, which we say at Sunday Mass. Ask when they last said this prayer. Whom were they with? What church were they in? Did they know all the people? Why did everyone know the same prayer? Gather their answers together into a prayer of thanks for all those with whom we share faith.
Cover Activity l God so loved the world
(page 1) This Sunday’s Gospel is the Scripture passage many Americans know because of signs held up at sporting events.
For Christians, this passage sums up God’s love for us. Read the Scripture passage at the top of the page aloud together. Invite the children to tell you what they think it means. The text makes it clear that God loves us and wants us with Father, Son, and Spirit forever. As Pope Francis never tires of telling us, God wants to save the world, not punish it.
After your brief discussion, read the instruction in small print in the box and cut out the words on the right side of the page. You may wish to do the first rewrite as a group, giving the children plenty of time to choose words. Let them read their sentences aloud, testing out which ring truest to their experience of God.
Story l Living a Lie (pages 2–3) This is a true story, written by the sixth grader who is its central character. Ask your class to speculate from the title, illustrations, and callouts what the conflict in the story may be. Read the story aloud together or in pairs of weak and strong readers.
Discuss the Think questions on page 3. Answers: 1. The author lied because he had to cover up the theft of the cards. 2. The author worried Rico would notice
the cards were missing, was irritable at home, told more lies, felt guilty, didn’t enjoy having the full set, got entangled in all the lies. 3. Open–ended. Ask volunteers to tell of times lying got them in trouble or about how they felt about having lied, even if no one ever found out about it. 4. He doesn’t confess to stealing, but he does
not lie anymore. He did not like the feeling of living a life of deceit.
Conclude your discussion by pointing out that lying and deceit foster disunity. Stress how important it is to build trust and to work for unity with one another.
Discover Gospel and Doctrine
Objectives l The children will:
l Appreciate how the Good News can turn doubters to
l Understand how the Creed we say at Sunday Mass is
incorporated into preparation for adult Baptism.
l Understand that human beings have help in making
Gospel Ritual Move the area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the children to read and listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play “Lenten Gospel Acclamation” (CD-1, #2).
Sunday Gospel l Jesus Gives Us Light (page 4) Choose strong readers to proclaim the Gospel. Explain that some people, like Nicodemus, struggled with whether to believe in Jesus. Nicodemus has doubt, but he asks questions and remains open.
Turn to the Think questions related to the Gospel. Answers: 1. Anyone who had been bitten would look at the bronze snake and be healed. Jesus is lifted up on the
cross, but his death gives us life, just as the poisonous snake healed. 2. A light shows us the way through darkness, guides us, gives us direction. Jesus teaches and empowers us to treat others lovingly as God treats us. 3. Open-ended; people who act according to the light of their consciences; people who give hope to others by their words, actions; people who create ways others can follow Jesus too.
Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l God So Loves the World (page 4) God sent his only son for all times and all people. Read the doctrine related to this Sunday’s Gospel aloud. It is short but essential, so you may wish to read it a couple of times.
Turn to the Think questions related to the doctrine. Answers: 1. God show his love through people, though Works of Mercy; open-ended. 2. Selfishness, fear, greed; open-ended.
Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.
Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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